ChiFilmFest to receive $25K NEA grant

Cinema/Chicago has been approved for a $25,000 Art Works grant to support the 56th Chicago International Film Festival (ChiFilmFest) taking place October 14-25, 2020. This grant will support the Festival and related programming including Industry Days and Cinema/Chicago’s free Summer Screenings Program.

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.


“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like the Chicago International Film Festival.”

“We are grateful and honored for the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Vivian Teng, Managing Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “The Art Works grant allows us to continue to bring international and independent cinema to Chicago, contributing to our vibrant arts community, as well as to give the younger generation access to the art of film through our supported education programs.”

North America’s longest running competitive film festival, the Chicago International Film Festival celebrates its 56th edition in 2020. Taking place over October 14-25, 2020, the Festival will present more than 170 films from more than 60 countries and additional programming including panel discussions, education programs, and Industry Days, the Festival’s four day conference for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas, and be inspired.


Cinema/Chicago’s free Summer Screenings Program, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, presents weekly screenings of films from around the world at the Chicago Cultural Center from May through September. For more information on the Chicago International Film Festival, click on this.

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, click here.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago’s programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, Summer Screenings Program, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 56th edition October 14-22, 2020, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.